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Point, vb. 1) to sharpen, to make as thin and small as a point: “till the diminution of space had --ed him sharp as my needle,” Cymb. I, 3, 19.
2) to direct towards an object, to aim: “here, as I p. my sword,” Caes. II, 1, 106. “a figure for the time of scorn to p. his finger at,” Oth. IV, 2, 55.
3) to direct the finger, to note as with the finger; absol.: “how the giddy multitude do p.” H6B II, 4, 21. With at: “the dial --s at five,” Err. V, 118. “now must the world p. at poor Katharine,” Shr. III, 2, 18. “whence they gape and p. at your industrious scenes and acts of death,” John II, 375. “why art thou so --ed at?” H4A II, 4, 449. “--s at them for his,” Mcb. IV, 1, 124. == to call attention to, to mention: “our then dictator, whom with all praise I p. at,” Cor. II, 2, 94. == to aim at, to menace: “in a time when fearful wars p. at me,” Cymb. IV, 3, 7. With on, == a) to be directed to (to send rays on): “whatsoever star --s on me graciously with fair aspect,” Sonn. 26, 10. “his golden beams to you here lent shall p. on me and gild my banishment,” R2 I, 3 R2 I, 3 b) to aim at: “find Hector's purpose --ing on him,” Troil. I, 3, 331. “these are portents, but yet I hope, they do not p. on me,” Oth. V, 2, 46. “they are portentous things unto the climate that they p. upon,” Caes. I, 3, 32. With to, == a) to point at: “whereto my finger is --ing still,” R2 V, 5, 54. “and --ed to this brace,” Per. II, 1, 133. b) to tend to, to be destined for: “most poor matters p. to rich ends,” Tp. III, 1, 4. they (mine ends) “--ed to the good of your person,” H8 III, 2, 172. “who would not wish to be from wealth exempt, since riches p. to misery and contempt?” Tim. IV, 2, 32. “for any benefit that --s to me,” IV, 3, 526.
4) to show as with the finger: “as we p. the way,” Caes. IV, 1, 23. With forth: “the which shall p. you forth at every sitting what you must say,” Wint. IV, 4, 572. “thy lopped branches p. thy two sons forth,” Cymb. V, 5, 454. With out: “day seems to p. her out where she sits weeping,” Lucr. 1087. “doth p. out thee as his triumphant prize,” Sonn. 151, 9. “will these mossed trees page thy heels and skip where thou --est out?” Tim. IV, 3, 225. Hence == to direct: “who, tendering their own worth from where they were glassed, did p. you to buy them,” LLL II, 245 (Ff p. out to). “I'll p. you where you shall have such receiving as shall become your highness,” Wint. IV, 4, 537. “as your business and desire shall p. you,” Hml. I, 5, 129.
5) to appoint (spelt 'point, in this sense, by M. Edd.): “whoever plots the sin, thou --est the season,” Lucr. 879. “nor can I fortune to brief minutes tell, --ing to each his thunder, rain and wind,” Sonn. 14, 6. “I'll not be tied to hours nor --ed times,” Shr. III, 1, 19. “this is the --ed day,” III, 2, 1. “p. the day of marriage,” III, 2, 1
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